Brooklyn Community Board Land Use Committee Meeting Considering Recommendations

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The Land Use Committee reviews and advocates for matters concerning planning, district development, and land use, in accordance with Section 197-b and Section 197-c of the New York City Charter.

The committee’s responsibilities include input into zoning map changes, business improvement districts, variance applications, revocable consents, special permit applications, and franchises other than transportation franchises.

This committee is also responsible for landmarks and historic preservation, matters concerning public and private housing, and budget matters of the Dept. of Housing Preservation & DevelopmentDept. of Buildings, and Dept. of City Planning.

This month’s agenda includes review and discussion of the following Certificate of Appropriateness applications:

Brooklyn Brownstones. Image Credit - Avi Werde

Brooklyn Brownstones. Image Credit – Avi Werde

For Recommendation to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC):

1 Water St (Ample Hills Creamery) – Fulton Historic District / Application to install a 3’ tall, 6’3” wide, 1.5” thick, non-illuminated routed HDU sign with inlaid flat cut PVC letters and 9” diameter gooseneck lights.
104-112 Bond St (Café Kitsuné) – Boerum Hill Historic District / Application to repaint existing brick of ground floor storefront to match existing unpainted brick; repaint doors, window frames, and trim; replace the fabric on retractable awning; apply new acrylic signage to interior of existing glazing; replace existing light fixtures and damaged storefront tile; install new illuminated blade signs and front-lit signage; and new wood cladding at 104 Bond.
218 Carlton Ave – Fort Greene Historic District / Application to reconstruct the existing full-width rear yard façade on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The façade has been reconstructed in brick to match the lower portion of the previously-approved LPC rear yard extension. The brick lintels for the 2nd and 3rd floors will be replaced with cast stone lintels. The height of the reconstructed rear façade is taller than the adjacent façade at 220 Carlton to accommodate the new roof construction assembly and internal ceiling height.
40 Orange St – Brooklyn Heights Historic District / Application to install masonry street signs on the corner exterior wall as part of a previously LPC-approved exterior restoration project (CNE-20-01156). The signs would be installed flush to the façade at the corner, between the 1st and 2nd floor windows. Each sign is 22.5” long x 4.75” wide—slightly longer than 2.5 brick lengths plus mortar lines, and the same width as two brick courses plus mortar line. Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA), has indicated support for the project and recommended concrete fabrication.
1 Willow Place – Brooklyn Heights Historic District / Application to convert existing 4-family home to 1-family. Exterior work includes replacing all windows, multiple new window locations, extension of parapet wall, new bulkhead, new roof terrace and railing, removal of fire escapes, and addition of new gutters and rain leaders.
40 Schermerhorn St – Brooklyn Heights Historic District / Application to convert existing 4-story, 4-family dwelling down to 2-family dwelling units, along with a full building-width, rear-yard extension from basement to 4th floor in stucco, and a new stair bulkhead and skylights on the roof, with total horizontal floor addition of +745 sf (19%). Exterior renovation work will be focused on restoring the existing front façade by installing historic features of missing cornice, brownstone lintels and pediment, repairing cracked bricks, and resurfacing brownstone at front stoop and basement façade level.

Banner Image:Brooklyn Bridge. Image Credit – Lerone Pieters

Brooklyn Community Board No. 2

Brooklyn Community District 2 is one of 59 geographically exclusive, independent City agencies that serve as the most local form of representative government in NYC. Each District is managed by a small City staff, and represented by a Board of 50 community volunteers appointed by their Borough President and City Council Members. Community boards have a variety of responsibilities, including local review of land use and zoning issues, assessing community needs, addressing community concerns, and preparing an annual Statement of District Needs and Budget Requests. Brooklyn Community District 2 includes: Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Clinton Hill, DUMBO, Fort Greene, Fulton Ferry, Navy Yard, and Vinegar Hill.

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